Espresso Garden Café, Mitre 10 Mega – Petone, Lower Hutt

Espresso garden cafe

Reviewed by FiFi, April 2018

The Place:

This is a typical garden cafe setting which is a lovely way to relax and have a spot of brunch on a lazy weekend day.  There is plentiful seating indoors and out.  There is loads of scrumptious cabinet food on offer including kids options, free-range eggs, Vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, dairy and gluten-free and a large blackboard menu.  There are four Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (bacon); the Florentine (spinach) or the Montreal (salmon).  Additionally, there was also a Vege Grill that must also be included as a ‘bene’ option.  The veg grill option included toast, spinach, eggs tomato, potato hash, hollandaise and mushrooms.  Sides range from $1.50 to $5.  This cafe is now closed and is a now a Columbus Cafe.

The Service:

The staff were super lovely.  Our food came out super quick and it was served hot.  Sadly this place is now another Columbus cafe….and it’s just not the same.

The Presentation:

The food was presently professionally considering the warp speed it made it to our table.   The sprig of parsley added an injection of colour and complimented the light viscous pesto.  The volume of generously poured hollandaise was a bit over the top and hid the coral colour of the salmon a bit much.   Overall, it looked like some effort had be applied to the overall layering and presentation of the dish.

  • The Benedict – the meal was pretty good and definitely satisfied my tastebuds. 
  • The Eggs – the free-range eggs were warm and runny.  
  • The Salmon – there was plenty of smoky salmon with a touch of oiliness to it. 
  • The Rosti – the potato and herb rosti – was simple, yet delicious. 
  • The Hollandaise – was plentiful, albeit straight from the bottle.
  • The bread – the ciabatta was lightly toasted and crunchy.

 Would We Go Again?

The service was quick, the staff and atmosphere was friendly and welcoming so yes we would go again.


Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 7/10 – the meals was very satisfying.

Originality: 6/10 – The Vege Grill was a nice option.

Value: 7/10 – the Benes were reasonably priced. The Florentine (spinach) was $15, the Benedict (bacon) was $16, the Montreal (salmon) was $17 and the Vege Grill was $18.  Sides ranged from $1.50 to $5.  


Overall score:7/10

25 Bouverie Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012

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